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Rick Scott Signs Bill to Cut School Testing

April 14, 2015 | |

By Drew Wilson Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 Tuesday, reducing the number of tests Florida public school students take as well as making changes to teacher evaluations and school year start dates. “This legislation reduces the number of tests our students take, including the 11th grade English Language Arts test that we eliminated this […]

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Mazda R.A.C.E Program Encourages STEM Education

You’ve heard it said before- today’s manufacturing is not your grandfather’s manufacturing. In today’s world, industries like manufacturing require a unique set of skills that can be honed by specialized training in STEM. Science, technology, engineering and math are now more important than ever to Florida’s economic development- in fact there are more than 60,000 […]

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Florida Group Heads to Peru on Trade Mission

March 23, 2015 | |

Government and business officials will try to make deals for Florida exports. By Eric Kulisch Representatives from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm, are on a trade mission this week to Peru to market Florida products. Florida exported $2.8 billion worth of goods to […]

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Workers with Unique Abilities Play a Vital Role in Florida’s Workforce

Florida’s economic recovery is well underway. Since 2010, Florida’s leadership has been focused on jobs. In fact, Florida Chamber of Commerce members and others have created more than 800,000 private-sector jobs. As Florida continues on the path to become the No. 1 job-creating state in the nation, Florida has an opportunity to help encourage underemployed […]

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Harris Technology Center Brings R&D to New Heights

February 26, 2015 |

Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company that serves government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Based in Melbourne, the Fortune 500 company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 13,000 employees. Harris is Central Florida’s largest technology employer with nearly 6,500 employees throughout the region, including about 3,000 […]

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Expansion of Casino Gambling Draws Dire Warnings, Praise

February 24, 2015 |

By Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel If Florida increases its bet on gambling, the wager will ride on whether new casinos could become economic engines as in Baltimore, or economic vacuums as in Atlantic City. That was the central argument in a debate over gambling during a Florida Forward forum sponsored in downtown Orlando on Tuesday […]

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Home Repair Insurance Claim Fraud Hammering Florida

January 23, 2015 | |

BY DAVID SANTIAGO Imagine this: You wake up to find your kitchen flooded from a broken pipe. You frantically call a water extractor who arrives and says, “Don’t worry. Just sign these forms and we’ll handle everything.” The truth is, you’ve just signed away control of your insurance claim and may have permitted unscrupulous third […]

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Bill Johnson Takes Over as CEO of Enterprise Florida

January 23, 2015 | |

By: Kevin Derby Bill Johnson, well-known throughout the Sunshine State for his leadership of Miami’s port, was chosen on Thursday to replace outgoing state Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope as CEO of Enterprise Florida, the public-private partnership focused on expanding economic development. After leaving PortMiami, Johnson took over as director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer […]

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